Patrice Gougam, now aged 55, was a keen cyclist and tennis coach at the time the accident happened on Great North Road. He spent three weeks in a coma and a further six months undergoing treatment at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery and Neurology in London.
The accident happened in 2009 and Mr Gougam received medical care for a total of 21 months afterwards. He now has to be fed through a tube and needs to use a wheelchair to get about.
66-year-old Michael Elliot was the driver who caused the accident. He was receiving treatment for cataracts and glaucoma and should not even have been driving. He claimed he did not see the victim, but a judge sentenced him to eight months in jail.
The accident solicitors who lodged Mr Gougam’s personal injury claim said the victim’s wife wanted motorists to be more vigilant and patient of cyclists on the busy roads in London. There have been an increasing number of accidents involving cyclists and these could be avoided if drivers took more care on the road.
Mrs Gougam was praised by the judge for the care and support she has provided for her husband whilst still holding down a part-time job.
If you, or anybody you know, have suffered a similar fate at the hands of an unobservant motorist, get in touch with an injury solicitor and start a claim for the compensation you are due.